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Aug 17 2010

August 15, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 17-24

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Please click on the linkage to the Scripture and read the verses then we will summarize what we have learned.

Isaiah 17:1-14 The nation of Syria, with its capital at Damascus, will be punished by the Lord for its idolatry and pride.

Isaiah 18:1-7 God’s punishment will also fall upon the Ethiopians.

Isaiah 19:1-25 The proud Egyptians will tremble in fear before the terrible punishment of the Lord.

Isaiah 20:1-6 At God’s command Isaiah walks around naked to show that Assyria will strip the Egyptians and the Ethiopians of their possessions and take them away as captives.

SYMBOLIC  ACTIONS

Isaiah’s walking around naked at the Lord’s command was a symbolic action designed to get the attention of the people and warn them to turn from their sinful ways ( Isa. 20:1-6 ).  The prophet also gave his sons symbolic names that predicted God’s judment ( Isa. 7:3-4 )  ( Isa. 8:1-4 ).  The prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel also declared God’s message in dramatic fashion through symbolic actions ( Jer. 13:1-11 )  ( Ezekiel 4:1-17 ).

Isaiah 21:1-17 No nation will escape the marauding Assyrian army – not Babylon  (vv. 1-10), Edom (“Dumah,” vv. 11-12), or the tribes of Arabia (vv. 13-17).

Isaiah 22:1-25 In the midst of these prophecies of judgement against foreign nations, Isaiah declares that the city of Jerusalem, Judah’s capital, is also destined for destruction.  This prophecy was fullfilled about 135 years after Isaiah’s time when the Babylonians overran the nation of Judah  ( 2 Kings 25:1-12 ).

Isaiah 23:1-18 Isaiah pronounces God’s judgement against Tyre, a flourishing seaport and trade center north of Judah.

Isaiah 24:1-23 This chapter summarizes the impact of God’s judgment against Israel (Northern Kingdom) and Judah (Southern Kingdom) as well as the foreign nations.  The entire earth will be shaken by His judgment against sin.

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